There continues to be a problem that not all books in the Amazon kindle store have real page numbers. If students are expected to cite sources and not allowed to use location numbers, then Amazon can expect the pushback seen on this forum post. Meanwhile, a helpful person on the forum has noted how you can know what to read on the Kindle if your professor or teacher says "read page 80-92" - you can dive into the table of contents on the website and save a copy. This is the only solution. It is time for Amazon to get their act together and have all Kindle ebooks display page numbers if there is a printed copy of the book. If there is not a printed copy of the book, there needs to be a consistent reference point or "page" that all can use for sourcing and citing content.
"1. Look up the book in the in the Amazon Kindle store (where you purchased it).
2. Click on the book where it says "Look Inside." You want to look at the table of contents, which will have the pages numbers for each chapter.
3. It defaults to the "kindle edition," which does not have the page numbers in the table of contents. However, there is a tab above that says "Print Book." Click on that.
4. Once you're on the "Print Book" display, it shows the page numbers in the TOC.
By doing the above, I was able to determine that "the first 26 pages" = Chapters 1 & 2. I used Evernote to take a screen capture of the entire TOC, which I'll refer back to."
This is a fascinating wiki full of myths and truths about ebook readers. It says it is maintained by the users of the site. I've found it to be quiet accurate as I perused this page. If you have questions about ebooks, this is a great reference.
Some rules have changed as I've been reading up on having Kindles at schools. (Back in February I read a spate of posts mentioning that Amazon said that having 6 kindles share one account was just for "personal use" and that libraries can't do it.) But Amazon does have information on Whispercast which lets you handle distributing books. It is a "free self-service online tool" and I'm thinking that it is something we need to be using. It looks like you can also distribute many of the free ebooks onto Kindles.
The recent Kindle updates over the past few months have quite a few teachers. In particular, if you have a textbook on Kindle, you can collate notes by color, which is a major enhancement. This article does a nice job of summarizing the features important to educators.
"The update also brings some changes that should be especially helpful for students and teachers, like the ability to highlight long passages that span multiple pages.
In addition, the Notebook feature for textbooks has new filtering options, which should help you more quickly and easily find all your notes, bookmarks, and highlights by colour"
Very cool way to get your Kindle notes into evernote. I'm going to try this!
HOw to borrow Kindle books from your local library. It often requires setup of overdrive here in the US. This is an important skills for modern students, particularly if they have a tablet device, they should know how to check out books from their local library. Don't show them how to use the card catalog, set them up on overdrive and show them how to use it.
There are some cool new features in the Kindle app - in addition to xray and notebook (previous feature upgrades) you have multi-colored highlighting, brightness sync across devices and a prompt to rate a book when finished (I like this one because, perhaps, more REAL people will rate amidst many book reviewers who are either biased for or against an author for undisclosed reasons.) Update that iOS or Droid Kindle app or whatever device it is on.
Here are some of the public notes of most commented upon items from the book I coauthored Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds. You do have to make your notes public to make posts, but I think that highlights may share whether or not they are public. I like to see the things that resonate.
Here is where I follow what people are writing and highlighting on the Flat Classroom book and finding people to follow to talk about the Flat Classroom book. To show up, you need to make your highlights in the kindle public, but you can do that by tweeting or Facebook updating a post from the book and then we can see each other. These notes are a way that books are flattening. I see that Seth Godin is starting to connect in this way around one of his books.
Hallelujah! #flatclass "every classroom is a uniques ecosystem" http://t.co/OYu7CiBY #Kindle
Love this from @datruss #flatclass book "Do not go quietly into your classrm..." #edreform #globaled http://t.co/wAlBWf7c #Kindle
International Children's Library includes many ebooks that you can download onto your Kindle. The books are organized by grade level and there are over 10,000 of them. (A big hat tip to Peter Fogarty who shared this resource over at the TES forum, a place where I find a ton of great things for my classroom.)
Dropbox tops this list from extremetech of the 5 free Kindle fire apps that owners of the hot new tablet should download. Dropbox rocks every platform because it is the glue that links us together -- much more ubiquitous than icloud, they must just have the killer app.
Free free free learning. Cost: Your time. nice list of free ways to add ebooks, textbooks, courses, and language courses onto your ipad or Kindle.
If you have a Kindle fire or kindle and want to send articles, there are many ways to send articles there. Tinderizer is one of them. My favorite iPad RSS reader Mr. Reeder will send to Tinderizer ( and Diigo and Tumblr which is why I use it.)
This survey shows that iPad with the $199 price tag is a 'serious" contender for the ipad. I had someone ask me about Kindle fire vs. iPad. Definitely people are comparing it.
One of the top complaints about Droids has been the somewhat loosely managed droid store but the Kindle fire will use Amazon's app store not droid.I also had some people on Google plus point out to me as we talked about this that the droid OS on tablet device has a much better response to touch than do the smaller devices. This is one of those wait and see type things, I think.
This book is free until August 8th. I usually don't talk about free books but here is the information on this one:
"Author Jennifer Nielsen serves up Goblins like you’ve never seen (or smelled) before! Elliot and the Goblin War won 1st place for Tweens in the 2009 League of Utah Writer’s Conference and is a terrific melding of humorous action and fantasy!"
Get it on your library's kindle today.
Another book review from one of our 8th graders. We are looking to add some more schools over the next few months. Fill out the info form on the bottom left of this page.
This is a great website for finding books that kids like.
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